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The iPhone 14 Pro Max is undoubtedly the most muscular model of the 2022 iPhone generation. So we did a test of the iPhone 14 Pro Max (and the 14 Pro version) before -first. So, is it worth the 1,329 euros demanded by Apple ?

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On September 7, 2022, Apple held its traditional back-to-school keynote. As every year, this conference marked the renewal of the iPhone range, the launch of new Apple Watches and, in 2022, the release of new AirPods Pro.

As the iPhone 14 Plus arrives later in October, we wanted to give priority to testing the iPhone 14 Pro Max which, like the iPhone 14 Pro, heralds a new standard at Apple. Next to it, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are more of a continuation of what the brand offered last year.

Here, it is therefore the iPhone 14 Pro Max that interests us . Offered from 1,329 euros for the 128 GB version, it is the most expensive iPhone in the range. Is it worth its price? Are the new features really a game-changer? Our opinion after several days of testing these iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.

Summary

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max : price and availability
  • Nothing changes on the design side, or almost
  • The big news is the Dynamic Island
  • What a screen, but what a screen!
  • What does the new A16 Bionic chip bring to the iPhone 14 Pro Max? ?
  • The iPhone 14 Pro Max is also…
  • Apple adopts a 48 Mp photo sensor on the iPhone 14 Pro
    • The 48 Mp sensor
    • The other sensors
    • Also better for selfies
    • And the video?
  • New king of autonomy
  • And the iPhone 14 Pro ?
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max  test: our review (2022)

iPhone 14 Pro Max : price and availability

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is available from 1,479 euros (for the version with 128 GB of storage). As always with Apple, increasing storage capacity costs a small fortune. The 256 GB model is thus available at 1,609 euros, that of 512 GB at 1,869 euros. The iPhone 14 Pro Max with 1 TB of storage is available at 2,129 euros, unheard of on the (non-folding) smartphone market.

Visibly aware that its prices are prohibitive, Apple is promoting its financing offers in 24 installments free of charge, probably in order to avoid strokes and/or heart attacks in the face of rising prices. Official resellers are also willing to offer financing in installments at no cost.

This year, French consumers are bearing the brunt of the effects of inflation and the devaluation of the euro against the dollar . No way for Apple to cut back on its margins – business is business. So, all iPhone 14s cost much more than those of last year. Worse still, some models that have already made a large profit, such as the iPhone SE, are also seeing their prices readjusted, upwards of course. End of parenthesis.

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As company CEO Tim Cook announced when the iPhone X was released, the renewal cycle for an iPhone would now be three years. Knowing this, we cannot therefore be surprised to find that the iPhone 14 Pro Max takes up most of the lines of its predecessor.

We therefore find a stainless steel chassis with a glass dress mat covered with an ultra-resistant Ceramic Shield protection, all certified IP68 (resistance to immersion in water up to 6 meters deep for 30 minutes according to IEC 60529).

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is a bit more compact than its predecessor: 160.7 mm in height against 160.8 mm for 77.6 mm in width against 78.1 mm. On the downside, it's a bit thicker (7.85mm versus 7.65mm) mainly because of the new, larger photo optics. They also weigh it down by 2 g.

Let's stop there with this accumulation of numbers and come to the conclusion of this test: the iPhone 14 Pro Max gives the same sensations than a 13 Pro Maxor a 12 Pro Max. We therefore use a beautiful baby on a daily basis, requiring two-handed manipulations unless nature has been generous and you have both large hands and contortionist talents.

The advantage of this juggernaut is that it will discourage pickpockets since you will immediately feel a great lightness in your pants or handbag in the event of an attempted theft.

Apart from a new purple color (sublime), the iPhone 14 Pro Max is therefore nothing less than an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Except for one big detail: its new Dynamic Island notch. We also remind you that this software innovation is however not present in the standard iPhone 14s.

The large novelty is the Dynamic Island

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This is THE great novelty of the iPhone 14 Pro. Dynamic Island (literally “dynamic island”, we do not judge) surprised all observers when it was presented at the Apple Keynote.

Behind this name hides an original software feature. This year, Apple decided to reduce the size of the notch which was starting to make the iPhone look a bit dated. The engineers have therefore integrated a TrueDepth camera 50% smaller than the old one but just as effective.

Problem: This new notch is no longer a notch. It now takes the form of a small pill at the top of the screen. No question for Apple to let this unsightly element spoil its product.

As the material cannot be changed, Apple has therefore brought out its army of UX designers to transform this aesthetically questionable element into an asset.

Dynamic Islandis in fact a software function taking advantage of the hardware. A past master in the art of hardware/software optimization, Apple has therefore developed a very small world in which the user can bask.

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More seriously and in our test of the iPhone 14 Pro, the Dynamic Island allows you to interact with the punch at the top of the screen.This is where notifications arrive (calls, messages etc.), current tasks (up to 2 simultaneously) appear (eg music playing, timers…) or contextual information such as guidance GPS are centralized. Apple having opened its API to developers, the possibilities then become endless.

This information grouped in the notch can, thanks to a long press, turn into a pop-up window giving access to more information and interactions, a bit like a widget.

Dynamic Island is seamlessly integrated into the entire interface, with smooth and fast animations. And if our old habits make us use this feature too rarely at the beginning of the experience, we quickly get a taste for it. Until you can't live without it.

With Dynamic Island,Apple is teaching the entire phone industry a lesson in software optimization. If no other brand had integrated a punch of such size, neither had had the idea of ​​exploiting this unsightly element to make it a practical everyday tool.

Far from us the idea of ​​fueling the Apple/Android squabble, but it only took a few days to see the first copies of Dynamic Island bloom on Android smartphones.

What a screen, but what a screen&nbsp ;!

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< p>Let's now leave the dynamic island and focus on the essentials: the quality of the screen. The screen of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is a pure marvel. Apple is improving a feature already mastered on previous generations, and we have fully validated it in our test.

Like the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Pro Max therefore incorporates a 6.7″ Super Retina XDR panel (based on OLED technology) with all the marketing jargon we're used to by now: HDR, ProMotion (10-120Hz adaptive refresh rate) and True Tone.

Among improvements include an advertised maximum brightness of 2000 nits outdoors (1600 nits in HDR) and, most importantly, the Always-On modewhich can be compared to a screen saver that can display contextual information. When enabled, the refresh rate drops to 1Hz to save power.

We won't dwell on the screen quality, just excellent. In a 6.7” format, the pleasure is even greater, especially for video and game enthusiasts.

And since nothing beats scientific data to support such statements, here are the results of our 01Lab  lab: average brightness of 1038 cd/m2, peak brightness in HDR at 1500 cd/m2, infinite contrast and delta E of 2.87 (default).

Some would say that Apple has overstated its numbers a bit. It's true, but the results are still very impressive and confirm that the screen of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is one of its most beautiful assets.

What does the new A16 Bionic chip bring to the iPhone 14 Pro Max?

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< p>While the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus inherit the same chip as last year, the 14 Pro and Pro Max inaugurate the A16 Bionic, engraved in 4 nm. According to Apple, this new chip is 40% faster than any other chip on the market except for the A15 Bionic, which is only 10% behind. The latter is still present on the iPhone 14 as well as on the entire generation of Apple smartphones of 2021.

Do you want more? The A16 Bionic consumes a third of the energy of the best competing chips for the same power delivered. Thanks to it, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would beat all autonomy records (we'll come back to this).

What else? The new image processor (ISP) promises to exploit the full potential of the new 48 Mp sensor. The new display engine makes it possible to improve the brightness of the panel, to better manage the variation of the refresh rate and therefore to take advantage of Always-On while consuming very little energy.

Of course, the power of the chip will delight players and demanding users. More than a real performance boost (compared to the A15 Bionic), the A16 Bionic promises unrivaled durability on the market.

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With the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple is introducing two features that caused a stir. Crash Detection, first, promises to notify emergency services automatically in the event of a car accident (and you are unconscious).

To create such a feature, engineers had to integrate an accelerometer capable of detecting the pressure undergone during an impact (the famous G). This accelerometer can therefore withstand up to 256 G. To support it in this analysis work, the engineers also replaced the gyroscope with a new one, capable of sampling four times faster.

Finally, Apple teams have performed a million hours of simulation in real driving conditions with the most used vehicle models in the world. Impact data received from the sides, front and rear was compiled to develop an algorithm capable of knowing when an impact is too powerful for the driver to be aware.

Once the accident is detected, an emergency call is then automatically launched. An automatic message then warns the caller that you have had an accident, specifying your location. At the same time, your emergency contacts (registered on the Health application) are notified by message.

Among other new technologies, Apple also unveiled the Emergency SOS by satellite . The iPhone 14 Pro Max can thus contact the emergency services even when it does not pick up a mobile or WiFi network. This feature, scheduled for November 2022, will unfortunately only be available in the United States. We will therefore still have to wait on the Old Continent.

Finally, note that the iPhone 14 Pro Max can be associated with two mobile plans simultaneously: one with a physical SIM card, the other via eSIM. The “eSIM only” models, a first on the market, only exist in the United States.

Apple adopts a 48 Mp photo sensor on the iPhone 14 Pro

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< p>” Finally ! ” some will say. Apple has finally decided to increase the number of megapixels on its main sensor. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a new 48 Mp sensor to accompany its wide-angle lens.

The other two lenses remain identical: there are therefore two 12 Mp sensors: the first associated with an ultra-wide-angle lens, the second with a telephoto lens with 3x zoom.

In parallel , engineers have developed a new rendering engine dubbed Photonic Engine. It promises better quality photos, particularly in low light, as well as portraits even closer to what can be obtained with a semi-professional or even professional body.

The 48 Mp sensor

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< p>Don't trust the effects of announcements. If Apple puts forward a 48 Mp sensor, the iPhone 14 Pro Max shoots many shots of 12 Mp by default. Like its competitors, Apple adopts pixel binning, technology to obtain more precise 12 Mp shots from a 48 Mp sensor.

In good light conditions it is difficult to see any difference with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and its 12 Mp main sensor. We just noticed more marked contrasts and slightly more vivid colors. In low light in our test of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, on the other hand, the results are more convincing, in particular because the sensor is 65% larger than that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max and therefore captures more light.< /p>

Actually, this 48 Mp sensor will especially appeal to semi-professional or professional photographers. Firstly because it is possible to choose in the settings to shoot at 48 Mp in order to obtain more detailed photos. This will not necessarily be seen on the phone screen but on editing software, we can indeed see that the shots are a bit more precise.

Above all, to exploit its full potential, the firm combines 48 Mp capture with ProRAW mode.This mode, dear to photographers, allows much more precise editing. The other side of the coin: the files are very large (several tens of MB) which quickly saturates the storage memory. If you are photographers, choose models with 512 GB or even 1 TB of storage.

Apple also announced with great fanfare the return of a 2x zoom. For this, it is the main 48 Mp sensor that is used, not a separate sensor. Please note, this is not a cropping of the image but rather the association of the optics with the processing algorithms.

Thus, the photos taken with a 2x zoom exploit “the central 12 megapixels of the quad pixel sensor” explains Apple on its official website. Asked about this subject, the engineers did not provide more specific information on the process used. We will therefore have to be satisfied with this explanation.

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The other sensors

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The rest of the photographic experience is very similar to what we knew with the iPhone 13 Pro Max. In fact, if you don't have an iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max (or older), you won't see any disruption in the quality of the images produced.

The new Photonic Engine slightly improves the quality of night photos and portraits. But the difference compared to the iPhone 12 Pro and 13 Pro is too slight to justify a purchase on this criterion alone.

Ditto for the new flash, made up of nine LEDs that we tested at length on this iPhone 14 Pro Max. If it allows you to shoot a little more natural shots, it does not make a big difference in the photographic experience either.

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Better also for selfies

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< p>Apple has not forgotten selfie lovers. The TrueDepth cameraimproves and now incorporates an optic composed of an autofocus. The set of adjustments – including the integration of a new lens (f/1.9) – improves the quality of photos in low light by 38%.

Like the main sensor of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, this one does not drastically improve the shots taken in the best terms. It is true, however, that selfies captured in low light (especially portrait mode) are much more convincing.

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And the video?

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Always quick to make eyes at videographers, Apple further improves its copy with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. If the quality of the videos is quite close to what you get with a 13 Pro Max, two new modes further improve the experience. And our test of the iPhone 14 Pro Max confirmed it to us.

The first one, you know it, since it is the Cinematic mode(you know the one that blurs the background, like on portraits). While we had to settle for Full HD quality with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is capable of filming with this mode in 4K at 30 fps or 24 fps /s, all in Dolby Vision HDR. In addition, the new algorithm manages the clipping better, much more precise in the treatment of hair and glasses in particular.

But the most impressive is undoubtedly the new mode Action< /em>. The latter makes it possible to film moving subjects. Convenient for following athletes, shooting action scenes on the smartphone (such as chases) etc. By activating this mode, you can shoot up to 2.8K at 60 frames per second with Dolby Vision and ProRes activated.

Apple's presentation video showed a huge difference with this mode. In reality, the stabilization in standard mode is already impressive. However, we shot a racing scene by deliberately shaking the phone during filming. The results are amazing and comparable to what you get with a good gimbal. Have a look.

New Autonomy King

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Long criticized for the starving autonomy of its iPhones, Apple found the magic formula a few years ago and managed to hoist the latest generations among the benchmarks on the market. Last year, the iPhone 13 Pro Max even won the title of most enduring smartphone of all categories (by far).

This year, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, despite its battery a bit smaller (4323 mAh against 4352 mAh) does even better than its big brother. According to the results of our 01Lab laboratory, it will take 27h21 to completely drain the battery, two hours more than the iPhone 13 Pro Max and eight hours more than the Reno8, the most enduring smartphone in the Android universe. So much for the numbers.

On a daily basis during our test, it is true that we were pleasantly surprised by the excellent autonomy of the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The latest from Apple is by far the model that we had to recharge the least often during a test. Despite regular stresses, we even lasted almost two days on a single charge. Impressive.

We would have liked to say the same about the charge, which is still very disappointing for a model sold at this price. Moreover, Apple is careful not to highlight this aspect of the device, contenting itself with a small line in the technical sheet indicating a charging time of 50% in 35 minutes with a 20W charger which, in addition, is not provided.

These performances are far too fair for a model of this size. And compatibility with Magsafe or Qi wireless charging will not console us. Competitors do much better.

And the iPhone 14 Pro?

The iPhone 14 Pro shares all the features of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, with a few small close details.

The main point of differentiation is obviously its size. Much smaller, it incorporates a 6.1 '' screen. This format makes it easier to grip and even allows comfortable one-handed use. Lighter, it also slips more easily into a pocket. Like its predecessor, the format of the iPhone 14 Pro remains the best compromise between good grip and visual comfort.

The other notable difference between these two models is of course behind the screen. Since it is smaller, the iPhone 14 Pro has a smaller battery. Thus, its autonomy is less impressive. With a score of 19:28 on our 01Lab tests, it is positioned far behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max and its 27:21 in general-purpose use. This does not prevent it from being among the most enduring smartphones on the market.

Finally, the iPhone 14 Pro is a slightly more accessible model (1,329 euros for the 128 GB model). But at these price levels, does the 150 euros difference with the Max version make the difference?

No, really, what directs the choice towards the Pro or the Max is indeed their size and, to a lesser extent, their autonomy. The rest is all the same.

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iPhone 14 Pro Max review: our opinion (2022)

From a technological point of view, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is a marvel. Apple takes up what made the success of the previous generation, improves most of the points and brings a bit of novelty.

Apart from its record autonomy, its magnificent screen, its talents as a photographer and of videographer, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is distinguished by this little thing that makes the difference. We're talking about Dynamic Island here., this software optimization that completely changes the way of using an iPhone. From there to say that this small island alone justifies the switch to the new model, let's not exaggerate anything.

If you have an iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max or an iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, you can go your own way. If you have an iPhone 11 Pro, why not. If your iPhone is older then you won't be disappointed, that's for sure.

Considering its eye-popping price, the iPhone 14 Pro Max only makes sense for owners of models 3 years and older. For others, it is better to wait for the iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max which will mark a clear evolution. In any case, that's what Apple promised us.

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Design and screen

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Performance and interface

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Autonomy and recharging

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  • Still attractive design
  • < li>Magnificent screen

  • Dynamic Island
  • Monstrous battery life and top-flight performance
  • Reference in photos and video

We like less

  • Charging still too slow (and charger not included)
  • The lighting is still resisting
  • Camera still perfectible (especially in low light)
  • Heavy and bulky
  • Stratospheric price!
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